David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies at the Hong Kong Baptist University
David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI) is affiliated with Hong Kong Baptist University, a government funded university with a Christian heritage. It aims at fostering research in East-West studies and cultivating collaborative scholarship between the East and the West. As the pace of globalisation intensifies and inter-cultural, inter-ethnic and inter-religious encounters accelerate, the work of LEWI has manifested itself in a significant manner in recent years. With Hong Kong as its base, LEWI aspires to become a global leader in multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural studies through constant academic interactions with universities worldwide. LEWI's network not only covers the Pacific Rim region, but also countries in the West, thereby enabling communications across the continents.
LEWI , previously known as the Centre for East-West Studies, was renamed David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI) in November 1993 in honour of Dr. David C. Lam. Dr. David C. Lam was a generous benefactor of the Institute and helped raise the funds for the construction of the David C. Lam Building, where the Institute is housed. His father, Dr. Lam Tsz Fung, had profound influence in the development of Hong Kong Baptist University. He was the first President and Vice-Chancellor of the then Hong Kong Baptist College.
In January 2001, the DAAD was invited to set up an office at the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI) of HKBU.
Signing ceremony on 6 MARCH 2001
LEFT: Prof. Dr. Gisela Rauschhofer, member of the DAAD-Council
RIGHT: Prof. Dr. Herbert Tsang, then Director of LEWI and later Academic Vice President of HKBU till his retirement in 2007.
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